A little while ago I was asked to figure out a solution to a user experience problem that was affecting some of our offerings such as the widget, the Bing text and web page translators. A “bug” was assigned to me, asking me to weigh in on how to deal with a problem of plenty: Given we were about to add a substantial set of new languages we were running out of space to display them properly. What could be a quick interim fix?
Several months ago, while announcing the availability of Hebrew in our language list, I had requested our community of users what else they wanted to see supported. Taking into account all the feedback that came in since then, we have been hard at work to add support to new languages. This is why it’s always a pleasure to encounter problems like the one above – they indicate that this work was coming to fruition.
I am happy to announce the addition of seven new languages to our translation service. As always, they will be immediately available for your use through the APIs and all the products that consume the service. Here is the list of languages that have been added in the latest release. In addition there have been several updates to the Haitian Creole language since we last talked about it here.
ROM - Romanian NOR - Norwegian HUN - Hungarian SKY - Slovak SLO - Slovenian LTH - Lithuanian TRK – Turkish
This brings our languages supported number to 30 languages. Here is the full list:
ARA - Arabic CHS - Chinese Simplified CHT - Chinese Traditional NLD - Dutch ENU - English FRA - French DEU - German HEB – Hebrew HT – Haitian Creole ITA - Italian JPN - Japanese KOR - Korean PLK - Polish PTB - Portuguese RUS - Russian ESN - Spanish CSY - Czech DAN - Danish ELL - Greek SVE - Swedish THA - Thai BGR - Bulgarian FIN – Finnish ROM - Romanian NOR - Norwegian HUN - Hungarian SKY - Slovak SLO - Slovenian LTH - Lithuanian TRK - Turkish
Head on over to our forums if you have specific feedback or looking for discussions about these new languages. We continue to work on adding even more languages to the service, so please keep sending us feedback and stay tuned for other announcements on this blog.
With the addition of these new languages, the approach I recommended in the short term is visible in the translation toolbar – the language list uses a smaller font size. In the future, we intend to move to either a multiple column list, or another style of display for the list.
I will look forward to more such problems, since it means we are meeting more expectations from you - our users. Enjoy the new languages!
- Vikram Dendi, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Translator
Please add Hindi(Indian) Language to your translation application.
Its very widely used language in the world.
What about MACEDONIAN, Serbian or Croatian language?
Branding question- should the service be referred to as Microsoft Translator or Bing Translator? The various references on Microsoft's doc sites *now* refer to it as Microsoft Translator, but at one point it seemed the branding was leaning towards Bing Translator: en.wikipedia.org/.../Microsoft_Translator
Please also include this answer on the FAQ so that others can easily bing it.
@Gary - good question. We should definitely make this clearer on the blog and FAQ. Microsoft Translator is the brand name for the machine translation technology, service and associated tools/prototypes/SDKs. Bing Translator is specifically the name for Bing's end user focused offerings - the text translation site (translator.bing.com) and the webpage translation service.
Microsoft Translator team
I would be very much helped by having a Latin translater included.
Please add URDU language too.
Thanks for making your wishes for additional languages known. This helps us make better decisions.
We would support adding Kyrgyz language to your service. Can you please tell us what should we do? We currently have a database of tmx files with 1 million words of translations in Kyrgyz language paired with English.
Thanks in advance.